Quick summary: Students examine and analyse graphical data about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. They critically examine the evidence for climate change. Students use this evidence to resolve whether humans are influencing our climate and design a pamphlet to explain climate change to a wider audience.
- Students understand the link between greenhouse gases and climate change.
- They make the connection between the changes in greenhouse gas levels and human activity.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, ethical understanding, intercultural understanding.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 5 Mathematics:
- Describe and interpret different data sets in context (ACMSP120)
Year 5 Geography:
- The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (ACHASSK112)
Year 5 Science:
- Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)
Year 6 Mathematics:
- Interpret secondary data presented in digital media and elsewhere (ACMSP148)
Year 6 Geography:
- Organise and represent data in a range of formats including tables, graphs and large- and small-scale maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI124)
- The world’s cultural diversity, including that of its indigenous peoples (ACHASSK140)
Year 6 Science:
- Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface (ACSSU096)
Topic: Cool burning
Time required: 90 – 110 minutes
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – review students’ knowledge and identify their misconceptions, assist students with simple chemistry concepts, assess student outcomes.
Resources needed: Internet, digital projector, PowerPoint: Inquiry into Climate Change.
Extension opportunities: Examine Australian online news media for climate change content, including discussions of issues.
Assessment: This rubric provides a method for monitoring students’ learning based on chosen criteria or guidelines. Rubric Yrs 5&6- Explaining climate change
Key words: climate, greenhouse, gas, carbon, carbon dioxide, oxygen, methane, nitrous oxide, atmosphere, water vapour, fossil fuels, temperature, chemical reaction, mixture
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum. There is great diversity in histories and cultures among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia. This resource includes investigations into and information about some of them. It has an emphasis, but not an exclusive one, on the histories and cultural practices of the Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory. It is underpinned by consultation with Aboriginal communities in various parts of Australia.
Special thanks to:
Fish River Station, John Daly, Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith, Peter Jacklyn, Peter McConchie, Dr Tommy George, David Claudie, Dale Musgrave, Carolyn George and Victor Steffensen.
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